Patient Information

Mind-Body Medicine

​Patient Information

We provide a medical outpatient facility specializing in Psychiatry where the goal is the achievement of 'Wellness'. Mental health "Wellness" is achieved when an individual can be free of emotional or cognitive obstacles that limit his or her abilities to accomplish goals, dreams and aspirations. The Fawver Wellness Clinic emphasizes and strives to magnify 'capabilities' and attempts to limit 'disabilities'. We believe that individuals requiring long-term or permanent disability are best served by agencies specializing in disabilities, such as your local community mental health center. If you are seeking long-term disability, the treatment approach and focus of our clinic will not likely meet your needs. We strive for recovery and optimal wellness.

We use the following key treatment strategies to serve the needs of their patients: 

  • Treatment by a board-certified psychiatrist and advanced practice nurses working as a coordinated team

  • Utilization of a nursing staff to assist in meeting the needs of patients

  • Electronic medical records with FawverSoft customization for psychiatric assessment and treatment

  • Monitoring metabolic conditions such as weight management, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and thyroid conditions

  • Screening and initiating treatment for common medical conditions associated with mood and anxiety disorders, including fibromyalgia, migraine and tension headaches, excessive sweating and irritable bowel conditions

  • Encouraging physical fitness by suggesting nutrition tips and exercise plans

  • Collaboration with patients concerning benefits and risks of treatment options

  • The option to fax prescriptions directly to the pharmacy within the limits allowed by the Drug Enforcement Agency

  • Coordination with other treating physicians and mental health providers

  • Research studies in which patients may voluntarily enroll

 

Coordination Of Treatment With Other Physicians And Counselors

With the patient's consent, coordinating medical care for patients is a key treatment priority for the clinicians at the our clinic. We will fax a customized note to the patient's other health care providers unless the patient objects. This fax may provide pertinent details concerning the patient's current symptoms, blood pressure and heart rate, laboratory values, and treatment plan to communicate with other treatment providers such as the patient's:

  • Family physician

  • Internal medicine physician

  • Other specialty physicians (e.g. cardiologist, endocrinologist, OB-GYN, etc.)

  • Mental health counselor

  

The Roles Of Advanced Practice Nurses

Advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists) are commonly used in primary care and various medical specialties. These clinicians are valuable treatment team members to best serve the needs of our patients. Advanced practice nurses are able to prescribe medications and order laboratory tests as needed. Dr. Fawver, practicing in the same office and having daily access for supervision and discussion of treatment options, closely supervises our advanced practice nurses. Dr. Fawver and his staff complete the initial assessment, formulating the diagnosis and developing the initial treatment plan. Dr. Fawver and an advanced practice nurse will commonly share subsequent treatment. Using advanced practice nurses in our treatment team expands Dr. Fawver's availability for patients who need to be seen in crisis.

  

Using Nursing Staff to Assist in Meeting

the Needs of Patients

Nurses are integral treatment team members in any medical clinic, allowing physicians and advanced practice nurses to work more efficiently and promptly meet the needs of patients. Our nursing team assists in gathering important information concerning the patients and serve as additional 'eyes and ears' in serving our patients. The nursing staff initially gathers important information such as the patients. weights, blood pressures, heart rates, waist circumferences and blood glucoses. Current medication will be verified, while treatment responses and side effects since the last visit will be reviewed. Utilizing the electronic medical record system, Dr. Fawver is able to preview the current note and review past treatment records prior to meeting with the patient so that his time with the patient is used more efficiently. Telephone encounters are processed by the nursing staff and discussed with Dr. Fawver while he maintains his commitment to staying on-time for his scheduled patients.

 

Research Studies in Which Patients May Voluntarily Enroll

Occasionally, we will participate in a research study involving innovative treatment approaches for mental health conditions or associated medical comorbidities. If patients qualify for a research study, they will be offered the opportunity to voluntarily participate.

 

Collaboration With Patients Concerning Treatment Options

Treatment at our clinic is entirely voluntary. The staff acknowledges that patients should be active participants in their treatments. Patients will be encouraged to identify specific treatment goals and collaborate treatment concerns with our staff. Treatment will be directed to assist patients in meeting those goals. Medication treatment options will be reviewed with advantages and disadvantages of various approaches being reviewed. With the patients. consent, family members are encouraged to provide their input and concerns , ideally during the appointments. Our staff believes that patients are ultimately responsible for their treatment and realistically recognize that some treatments may be unacceptable or intolerable for certain patients. We encourage self-education and self-awareness while attempting to effectively communicate available treatment options.

 

Participating in your Treatment

What can you do to participate and assist in your treatment at our clinic? The following are a few suggestions:

  • List your questions and concerns prior to your appointment so that they may be individually addressed

  • Obtain past treatment records from previous psychiatrists. These records may be useful if they are legible and adequately detailed in their documentation

  • Ask family members about their own past mental health symptoms, alcohol and drug use, medical and psychiatric diagnoses and past psychiatric treatments--since many psychiatric conditions and treatment responses are genetic, a thorough family history is very important in assisting in your treatment

  • Identify specific goals that you would like to achieve prior to the next appointment: Ask yourself, "How would I like to feel better?" and consider which activities you are no longer enjoying due to mood or anxiety conditions

  • If you are off work, identify strategies for returning to work and symptoms that need to be addressed for you to adequately function at work--remember that individuals who are productive and/or employed often achieve a better quality of life and better emotional well-being

  • List past medications that you have taken, including the dosages and duration, side effects, any benefits from the medications, and reasons for discontinuance

  • Rather than stopping or changing the medication on your own, contact us to discuss treatment options. Alternative options may occasionally be addressed over the phone or require sooner follow-up to review pro's and con's of treatment changes

  • Ask supportive family members for their input. They are often valuable resources in assessing your progress. Ideally, ask them to accompany you to your appointment

 

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